Coronavirus: Latest Updates

As global concerns mount around the viral outbreak, we issue updates for travellers to track.  
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As cases in India inch closer to the 50,000 mark, parts of the country are easing lockdown restrictions. However, no such reprieve will be offered to cities like Mumbai (in photo) which are the worst affected in the pandemic. Photo by: Manoej Paateel/Shutterstock

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As international concerns mount over the COVID-19 (or coronavirus) pandemic, the world of travel is keeping close tabs on ongoing developments. With several countries employing border shutdowns after months of stringent airport screenings, the war against novel coronavirus has intensified. Across the world, over 3,766,394 people have been infected, as the epicentre has shifted from China to the USA and Western Europe. While more than a million cases have been reported in the U.S.A., Spain, Italy, and the U.K. have recorded more than 200,000 infections each (Johns Hopkins University). India is currently in its extended lockdown which will now officially continue till May 17. The country has registered 52,952 positive cases of the COVID-19 virus as of May 7. The Ministry of Health has activated toll-free number (1075) for coronavirus support. Here is the link for a state-wise breakdown of helpline numbers. As nations across the world race to contain the virus, we track the latest updates.

 

May 6, 11 p.m.: The Spanish Parliament has resolved to extend the state of emergency by two more weeks beyond May 10. This is the fourth two-week extension of the emergency, which was imposed because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The country is one of the worst-hit in the country and the virus has claimed almost 26,000 lives so far. 

 

May 6, 10.30 p.m.: Brazil reported 633 new Covid-19 deaths on Tuesday, the largest one-day spike in the country so far. The South American country is one of the worst-hit nations outside Europe and the U.S.A., and has recorded 116,299 confirmed cases, and the death toll stands at 7,966, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.  

 

May 6, 10 p.m.: The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation has ordered all shops other than those selling milk or medicines to remain closed till May 15, to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in the city. The city has posted a record spike of 380 new cases over the last 24 hours, and has also reported 28 deaths, prompting authorities to take this step.  

 

May 6, 9 p.m.: India’s worst-hit state, Maharashtra reports 1,233 new Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours, the highest daily increase in cases so far. 34 deaths were also recorded. The state has reported a total of 16,758 confirmed infections, roughly a third of India’s tally.  

 

May 6, 8.30 p.m.: Belgian Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes announced that coronavirus lockdown restrictions will be eased in the country starting May 10. Shops will be allowed to reopen, and people will be able to host up to four people in their homes, given that the guests are always the same four people, and social distancing norms are followed. The country has recorded 50,781 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 8,339 deaths so far. 

 

May 6, 7 p.m.: The Baltic countries Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania have decided to open their borders for each other’s citizens starting May 15, creating a ‘travel bubble’ comprising these three countries. While citizens of these countries will be allowed to travel within this bubble, they will be subject to a 14-day quarantine period once they cross the border.

 

May 6, 5.30 p.m.: After allowing small shops to reopen on April 22, the Slovakian government has further eased lockdown curbs, allowing hotels, restaurant terraces and all shops outside of malls to reopen today. 1,429 confirmed Covid-19 cases and 25 deaths have been reported in the country so far.  

 

May 6, 4 p.m.: Reuters reports that Turkish Airlines plans to resume operations over four months, in a phased manner starting June. The airline will operate 60% of its domestic flights and will run international flights to only 19 countries.in June.  

 

May 6, 3 p.m.: Fans will be allowed to attend baseball games in Taiwan this week, as the government further eases coronavirus lockdown restrictions. The country has largely overcome the Covid-19 outbreak, reporting 439 cases and six deaths so far. The Health minister announced today that starting May 8, up to 1,000 people will be allowed to come and watch baseball games, making it the first professional baseball league to allow spectators this year. 

 

May 6, 2 p.m.: Russia reports 10,559 confirmed Covid-19 cases, for the fourth consecutive day, taking its tally to 165,929. The country’s death toll stands at 1,537.  

 

May 6, 1 p.m.: The German government will restart the Bundesliga football season in May. The matches will be held without spectators, and might start as early as May 21. 

 

May 6, 10.30 a.m.: Through a company notice, Qatar Airways has announced that owing to the disruption caused in air travel by the coronavirus pandemic, it will be cutting a significant number of jobs. However, the airline has not given any estimate of how many jobs might be lost. 

 

May 6. 9.30 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s latest update, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 49,391 and the death toll stands at 1,694.

 

May 6, 8.30 a.m.: Walt Disney Co. has announced that the Shanghai Disneyland park will reopen on May 11, but the number of visitors will be limited and social distancing norms will be followed. 

 

May 6, 7.30 a.m.: Colombian President Ivan Duque has extended the nationwide mandatory quarantine till May 25. While some manufacturing and construction operations have already been allowed to resume, some other industrial activities will also be permitted from May 11. The country has been in quarantine since March 24, and has reported more than 8,600 confirmed Covid-19 cases, and 378 deaths so far.

 

May 6, 6.30 a.m.: Due to the impact of the global Covid-19 pandemic on the travel and real estate sectors, Airbnb has announced that it will be laying off 1,900 of its employees, amounting to 25% of its entire workforce. 

 

May 5, 10.30 p.m.: The Economic Times reports that Telangana CM K Chandrashekhar Rao has extended the coronavirus lockdown in the state till May 29. 

 

May 5, 10.30 p.m.: The Economic Times reports that Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao has extended the coronavirus lockdown in the state till May 29. 

 

May 5, 10 p.m.: The Indian government has suspended all existing visas granted to foreigners, till international air travel to and from India resumes again, after the restrictions put in place because of the Covid-19 pandemic have been relaxed. The Ministry of Home Affairs has also extended the visas of foreigners stranded in India, by thirty days beyond the resumption of international air travel from India.   

 

May 5, 9 p.m.: Lebanon has extended its coronavirus lockdown for two more weeks till May 24. However, the government has eased some restrictions this week, like allowing restaurants in the country to open at 30% capacity. 741 confirmed Covid-19 cases and 25 deaths have been reported in the country so far.

 

May 5, 8 p.m.: The U.K. has now reported more than 30,000 Covid-19 deaths, the most for any European country so far. Information released by the Office for National Statistics today reveals that the combined death toll of Scotland, Northern Ireland, England and Wales is 32,313, surpassing Italy’s tally of 29,029. 

 

May 5, 7 p.m.: British airline Virgin Atlantic will be laying off 3,000 employees in the UK, and will terminate all operations at Gatwick airport, owing to the Covid-19 pandemic that has severely impacted the aviation sector. 

 

May 5, 6 p.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s latest update, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 46,711 and the death toll stands at 1,583.

 

May 5, 5.30 p.m.: President Emmanuel Macron has announced that France will limit international travel for its citizens, even within Europe. France is set to ease the national lockdown starting May 11, and people will be able to move up to 100 kilometres from their residences.

 

May 5, 4.30 p.m.: Starting May 18, Germany’s largest state Bavaria will reopen outdoor restaurants, and indoor dining will be allowed from May 25. On May 6, citizens in the state will be allowed to visit close family members, and playgrounds will be allowed to reopen.

 

May 5, 3 p.m.: Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has declared the coronavirus infection tamed in the country, and that lockdown restrictions will now be eased. Wholesale stores, hardware shops and restaurants will be allowed to reopen, but public transport and most private vehicles will remain prohibited. Uganda has reported 97 Covid-19 cases and no deaths so far. 

 

May 5, 2 p.m.: Russia reports 10,102 new Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours, down from 10,581 cases reported yesterday. The country’s tally of confirmed cases is 155,370 and the death toll stands at 1,451 after 95 new deaths were reported on Tuesday.

 

May 5, 1 p.m.: The Chief Executive of Hong Kong, Carrie Lam has announced loosening of coronavirus lockdown restrictions in Hong Kong starting May 8. The number of people permitted on a table in restaurants has been increased from four to eight, and gyms and movie theatres will be allowed to reopen. 

 

May 5, 12 p.m.: Cruise operator Carnival Cruise Line has announced that it will resume its operations in a phased manner, starting August 1. Having said that, officials also clarified that resumption of cruise operations is subject to the directives of local, state and federal authorities in the U.S.A. 

 

May 5, 11 a.m.: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Australian counterpart Scott Morrison have confirmed a safe travel zone between the two countries, reports the Guardian. As both countries slowly recover from the Covid-19 outbreak, travel restrictions between the two countries will be relaxed in the days to come, and will be a step towards normalcy for both countries, according to a joint statement released by both the prime ministers.

 

May 5, 10 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s latest update, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 46,433, and the death toll stands at 1,568. The past 24 hours have seen a record spike of 3,900 new Covid-19 cases and 195 deaths.

 

May 5, 9 a.m.: New Zealand reports zero new Covid-19 cases for the second consecutive day. There have been 1,486 infections recorded in the country so far, out of which only 184 cases are still active.  

 

May 5, 8 a.m.:  Mauritius has reported no new Covid-19 infections for the past eight days, as of May 4. The nationwide sanitary curfew that has been in place since March was bound to expire on May 4, but was extended till June 1, a few days ago. 

 

May 5, 7 a.m.: The global Covid-19 death toll has crossed 250,000, reports Hindustan Times. 

 

May 4, 11 p.m.: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said that some coronavirus containment measures in the country will be lifted starting today. Intercity travel restrictions have been lifted in seven provinces, and the curfew for senior citizens and youth will be lifted for one day of the week, starting from the coming weekend. More restrictions will be lifted in the weeks to come, he announced. Turkey has reported more than 130,000 confirmed Covid-19 cases so far. 

 

May 4, 10.45 p.m.: Finland will allow restaurants, sports facilities and libraries to re-open from June 1. Additionally, gatherings of up to 50 people will be allowed. Interior Minister Maria Ohisalo has said that essential travel to other countries in the Schengen zone will be permitted starting May 14. 

 

May 4, 10.30 p.m.: The state of emergency that has been in place in Bulgaria from March 13, will not be extended beyond its stipulated expiry date of May 13. However, some restrictions will remain in place for two more months, announced Finance Minister Vladislav Goranov. The country has recorded 1,652 coronavirus infections so far, and 78 deaths have been reported.  

 

May 4, 10 p.m.: The UK reported 288 new Covid-19 deaths, taking the country’s toll to 28,734. Though this is the smallest one-day increase in the death toll since late March, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that the figure is expected to rise in the days to come, as the number of new deaths reported on weekends is usually lower. 

 

May 4, 8.30 p.m.: The nationwide lockdown in Ukraine has been extended till May 22. However, the government has agreed to lifting some restrictions on May 11, like allowing parks, recreation areas and some shops to open.  According to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center, the country has reported 12,331 coronavirus infections and 303 deaths so far.

 

May 4, 6 p.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s latest update, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 42,836, and the death toll stands at 1,389. 

 

May 4, 5 p.m.: Starting today, Nigeria will gradually ease the nationwide lockdown, even as new Covid-19 cases seem to be on the rise. The country’s case count has increased by 50%, since April 27, when President Muhammadu Bukhari announced the government’s plan to ease restrictions starting May 4. According to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center, the country has reported 2,558 coronavirus infections and 87 deaths so far. 

 

May 4, 4 p.m.: Russia reported 10,581 new Covid-19 cases today, marking the second consecutive daily increase of more than 10,000 cases. The tally of infections in the country has risen to 145,268, and the death toll stands at 1,356.  

 

May 4, 3 p.m.: The World Expo 2020, has been postponed to next year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and will now be held on October 1, 2021, and will go on till March 31, 2022. The six-month-long international world fair was previously to be held from October 2020 to April 2021.

 

May 4, 2.30 p.m.: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has extended the nationwide state of emergency in the country till May 31. The state of emergency has been extended as the number of new infections has not fallen considerably over the past few days. Japan has reported 15,913 Covid-19 infections and 542 deaths.

 

May 4, 2 p.m.: Portugal will begin easing its coronavirus lockdown restrictions today. Shops, car dealerships and salons will be allowed to open, and citizens are required to wear face masks when in stores or on public transport. The government aims to further ease restrictions starting May 18. The country has recorded more than 25,000 confirmed Covid-19 infections and over 1,000 deaths. 

 

May 4, 1 p.m.: Vietnamese state-run news provider Vietnam News Agency reports that many schools were reopened in the country today after a three-month closure due to the Covid-19 outbreak. According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, the country has recorded 271 Covid-19 infections so far, and zero deaths. 

 

May 4, 11 a.m.: Once the lockdown ends, the Delhi airport will resume arrival and departure of all passenger flights from Terminal 3 only, initially. To reduce overcrowding in the airport however, eateries and shops will be open in all terminals. 

 

May 4, 10 a.m.: The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in the world has crossed the 3.5 million mark, and the deaths reported due to the pandemic nears quarter of a million. According to a Reuters tally, 84,004 new cases were reported over the past 24 hours, globally. The highest daily increase was reported last week, when 104,495 cases were reported in one day, and the daily caseload has been between 80,000 and 90,000 since. 

 

May 4, 9 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s latest update, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 42,533, and the death toll stands at 1,373. 

 

May 4, 8.30 a.m.: No new Covid-19 cases were reported in New Zealand over the past 24 hours, for the first time since March 25. The country dropped from an Level-4 alert to a Level-3 alert on April 28, and has reported 1,487 confirmed or probable infections and 20 deaths so far. With the outbreak seemingly under control within the country, the government will consider moving the country down to a Level-2 alert on May 11.   

 

May 3, 10 p.m.: Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the state of New York recorded 280 new Covid-19-related deaths over the past 24 hours, a slight decrease from yesterday’s death toll. Hospitalizations for Covid-19 continue to fall.  

 

May 3, 9 p.m.: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced that mosques will be allowed to reopen in the country tomorrow, in about a third of Iran’s 132 counties. Moreover, he said that schools in low-risk areas will likely re-open on May 16. The total number of Covid-19 cases in the country is 97,424, and the death toll stands at 6,203. 

 

May 3, 8 p.m.: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced that the lockdown will be eased to some extent in Delhi, starting May 4. Government offices will be allowed to operate at 50% capacity, while those government offices providing essential services will be allowed to work at full capacity. Private offices can also resume operations with 33% of the workforce. Self-employed servicemen like electricians and plumbers can go out for work, but barbers, and salons will remain closed. 

 

May 3, 7 p.m.: Spain recorded 164 Covid-19 deaths on Sunday, the lowest daily increase in the country since March 18. The total number of infections in the country is 217,446, and the death toll stands at 25,264. 

 

May 3, 6 p.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s latest update, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 40,263, and the death toll stands at 1,306. 

 

May 3, 5 p.m.: South Korea will further relax its social distancing norms starting May 6, allowing gatherings and events to take place. The number of new Covid-19 cases has fallen significantly in the country over the past few days, and thirteen new infections were reported today, taking the total to 10,793. The country’s baseball and soccer seasons are due to start in the coming weeks, but matches will be held without spectators. 

 

May 3, 4 p.m.: Russia reports its highest-ever daily increase in the number of Covid-19 cases, 10,633 new cases took the country’s tally to 134,687. This is the fourth consecutive day that a record number of new cases have been reported, and the death toll now stands at 1,280.

 

May 3, 3 p.m.: The Civil Aviation Authority of Philippines (CAAP) has suspended all inbound passenger and commercial international flights, for a week starting May 3. Some cargo flights, medical flights, utility flights, etc. will be exempted from this temporary ban after seeking permission from the CAAP. 

 

May 3, 2 p.m.: Singapore reports 657 new cases over the past 24 hours, taking the total number of cases in the country to 18,205. Most of these cases are migrant workers living in dormitories. 

 

May 3 1 p.m.: After malls, restaurants and cafes were reopened earlier this week, three malls in Abu Dhabi have reopened, admitting 30% of their customer capacity. In the emirate of Sharjah, malls, salons and restaurants will also reopen today. 

 

May 3, 12 p.m.: The Tourism Authority of Thailand has declared that some restrictions will be relaxed in the country starting today. “For economic and daily life activities, businesses and activities that are allowed to reopen are sales of food and drinks in hotels, airports, train stations, bus stations, hospitals, restaurants and beverage shops, convenience stores, and street stalls,” according to the authority’s official news website.  

 

May 3, 11 a.m.: The number of Covid-19 deaths continue to increase in Brazil, where 4,970 new cases and 421 deaths were reported over the past 24 hours. The total number of cases in the country neared a million, as it touched 96,559, and the death toll stands at 6,750. 

 

May 3, 10 a.m.: Thirteen new Covid-19 cases have been reported in South Korea over the past 24 hours, taking the country’s total to 10,793. Ten of the new cases were imported cases, and the death toll remains unchanged at 250. The daily increase in cases has been under twenty for sixteen consecutive days now. 

 

May 3, 9 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s latest update, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 39,980, and the death toll stands at 1,301. A record spike of 2,644 new cases was recorded in the past 24 hours, with 83 deaths.

 

May 3, 8 a.m.: Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has announced that starting May 4, wearing face masks will be mandatory for those using public transport in the country. The government will be distributing around 6 million masks to passengers, and an additional 7 million to local authorities. Spain has begun easing lockdown restrictions by allowing citizens to go outdoors and exercise from May 2. 

 

May 2, 11 p.m.: New York records 299 new Covid-19 deaths today, a slight increase from yesterday’s tally of 289. However, the number of hospitalizations,and intensive care admissions continued to drop. New York alone has reported close to 19,000 Covid-19 deaths so far. 

 

May 2, 10 p.m.: Maharashtra records 790 new Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours, taking the total number of cases to 12,296. The state’s death toll stands at 521, and is the worst-hit state in India. The majority of the infections reported in the state are from Mumbai, accounting for 8,172 cases. 

 

May 2, 9 p.m.: French Health Minister Olivier Véran has announced that the state of health emergency in the country will be extended till July 24, owing to the severity of the coronavirus outbreak in the country. However, lockdown restrictions will be eased to some extent starting May 11. The country is one of the worst-hit in the world, reporting more than 24,500 deaths so far. 

 

May 2, 8 p.m.: Starting May 4, passengers travelling aboard the Eurostar trains will be required to wear face masks. The company operates high-speed trains that run through an undersea tunnel beneath the English Channel, connecting England with mainland Europe. Eurostar is currently operating only four services, connecting London with Paris and Brussels. 

 

May 2, 6 p.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s latest update, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 37,776, and the death toll stands at 1,223. 

 

May 2, 5 p.m.: The Covid-19 death toll in Spain has crossed 25,000 as 276 more deaths have been reported overnight. The total number of cases in the country is 216,582, and the death toll now stands at 25,100. The Covid-19 outbreak is believed to have passed its peak in Spain, and lockdown restrictions are gradually being lifted. 

 

May 2, 4 p.m.: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has suspended all domestic and international passenger flights until May 17, a day after the nationwide coronavirus lockdown was extended by two weeks, till May 17.  

 

May 2, 3 p.m.: Russia reports a record daily spike in the number of new infections as 9,623 new cases were detected today. The total tally of Covid-19 cases is 124,045, and 1,222 have lost their lives to the virus. 

 

May 2, 2 p.m.: Singapore reports 447 new Covid-19 cases today. Only four of these new cases are Singaporeans or permanent residents, the rest being migrant workers. The total tally of confirmed infections in the country is now 17,548, and the death toll stands at fifteen. 

 

May 2, 11 a.m.: Singaporean Health Minister Gan Kim Yong has announced that lockdown restrictions will be eased in the country over the next few weeks. While home-based businesses, barbers and laundry services can resume operations on May 12, some students will be allowed to go back to school starting May 19. According to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center, the country has reported 17,101 coronavirus infections and sixteen deaths so far. Majority of the infected persons are migrant workers living in dormitories. 

 

May 2, 10 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s latest update, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 37,336, and the death toll stands at 1,218. With 2,293 new cases reported over the past 24 hours, this is the highest one-day increase in Covid-19 cases in India.

 

May 2, 9 a.m.: China has reported only one new Covid-19 case on May 1, and 20 asymptomatic cases. The country had reported 12 new cases on April 30th, and 25 asymptomatic cases. The total number of infections in the country is now 82,875, and the death toll stands unchanged at 4,633. 

 

May 2, 8 a.m.: Irish premier Leo Varadkar has announced that current lockdown restrictions will stay in place in the country till May 18. Starting May 18, the country will gradually ease restrictions over fifteen weeks. Though school will remain closed till September, exercise restrictions will be relaxed and outdoor workers will be able to go to work on May 18. According to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center, the country has reported 20,833 coronavirus infections and 1,265 deaths so far.

 

May 1, 11 p.m.: The coronavirus lockdown has been extended till May 11 in the high-risk regions of Sri Lanka, including capital Colombo. The country has reported 690 confirmed infections and seven Covid-19 related deaths so far. 

 

May 1, 10 p.m.: The worst-hit state in India, Maharashtra records the highest daily increase in Covid-19 cases so far, as 1,008 cases were reported over the past 24 hours, along with 26 deaths. The total number of cases in the state is now 11,506, amounting to almost one-third of India’s tally.   

 

May 1, 9 p.m.: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that the nationwide emergency imposed in Japan will likely be extended beyond the stipulated date of May 6, by another month. So far, the country has reported close to 14,300 infections and 432 deaths from the novel coronavirus. 

 

May 1, 8 p.m.: The lockdown has been extended till May 17 in India, but some restrictions will be lifted in low-risk regions of the country after May 3. However, travel by air, rail and metro, and inter-state travel by road will remain prohibited throughout the country. Schools, universities, malls and cinema theatres will also remain closed nation-wide. The country has been under lockdown since March 25. 

 

May 1, 6 p.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s latest update, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 35,365, and the death toll stands at 1,152. 1,993 new cases and 73 deaths were reported over the past 24 hours.

 

May 1, 5 p.m.: Spain reports an increase of 1,175 Covid-19 infections and 281 deaths. The number of confirmed cases in the country has risen to more than 215,000 and the death toll is over 25,000. Lockdown restrictions are now being eased gradually, and people will be allowed to go outdoors for exercise starting May 2.  

 

May 1, 4 p.m.: Starting May 2, the emergency response level will be lowered in China’s Hubei province, which was the epicentre of the Covid-19 pandemic. This is the last province in China to lower its emergency response, and has reported no new Covid-19 case for the last 27 days.   

 

May 1, 3 p.m.: Russia records a record daily spike in the number of new infections as 7,933 new cases were reported today. The total tally of Covid-19 cases is 114,431, and 1,169 have lost their lives to the virus. 

 

May 1, 2 p.m.: Singapore reports 932 new Covid-19 cases, an increase from the 528 cases reported on Thursday. Only five of these new cases are Singaporeans or permanent residents, the rest being migrant workers. The total tally of confirmed infections in the country is now 17,101, and the death toll stands at fifteen. 

 

May 1, 1.30 p.m.: After United Airlines and Jet Blue, Delta and Frontier Airlines have announced that passengers travelling on their flights will be required to wear face masks.

 

May 1, 1 p.m.: Irish budget airline Ryanair has announced that it will be laying off up to 3,000 of its employees, anticipating the current slump in European air traffic to continue for at least two years. Officials also announced that the airline will only fly 50% of its planned capacity in the three months leading up to September. 

 

May 1, 12 p.m.: Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has announced that a majority of businesses will be allowed to resume operations starting May 4, as the country eases lockdown measures. Large gatherings will continue to be prohibited, and schools, universities, cinemas and nightclubs will also remain closed. The country’s borders will not be opened, and inter-state travel is prohibited. Over 6,000 Covid-19 cases have been reported in the country so far.

 

May 1, 11 a.m.: With 25 new cases reported on Thursday, the number of asymptomatic novel coronavirus cases in China has risen to 981, of which 631 have been reported in the Hubei province. Twelve new Covid-19 cases were also detected, six of which were imported cases. 

 

May 1, 10 a.m.: South Korea reported nine new Covid-19 cases, as the number of infections continue to decline every day. Thursday’s tally takes the total number of cases to 10,744 and the death toll stands at 248. No cases were recorded in the nation’s hardest-hit city of Daegu. 

 

May 1, 9 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s latest update, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 35,043, and the death toll stands at 1,147. 1,993 new cases and 73 deaths were reported over the past 24 hours.

 

May 1, 8 a.m.: Starting May 4, playgrounds, museums and churches will reopen in Germany, as the country further eases lockdown restrictions. Decisions on schools and sports events will be taken soon, in the days to come. The country has reported more than 162,000 confirmed Covid-19 infections and over 6,500 deaths.

 

April 30, 11 p.m.: The Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin tests positive for the novel coronavirus, and will be self-isolating himself. 

 

April 30, 10.30 p.m.: The Independent reports that 674 new Covid-19 deaths were recorded in the UK over the past 24 hours, taking the total number to 26,771.  

 

April 30, 9.30 p.m.: Maharashtra, the worst-hit state in India, now has more than 10,000 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus infections. 583 new cases were reported over the past 24 hours, and the tally now stands at 10,490. Mumbai alone has 7,061 cases.  

 

April 30, 8.30 p.m.: Italy will reopen the Ciampino airport in Rome and Peretola airport in Florence for passenger flights on May 4, as Italy further eases lockdown restrictions. The two airports have been shut down since March 13.   

April 30, 6 p.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s latest update, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 33,610, and the death toll stands at 1,075.

 

April 30, 5 p.m.: The Japanese government is considering an extension of the nationwide state of emergency that has been in place since April 16, in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. According to the John Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center, 13,965 infections and 425 deaths have been reported in the country so far. 

 

April 30, 4 p.m.: The coronavirus has claimed more than 6,000 lives in Iran, as the death toll increased by 71, taking the total to 6,028. There have been 94,640 infections reported in the country so far.  

 

April 30, 3 p.m.: Citing the loss of revenue due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Indian airline SpiceJet has announced that it will pay 92% of its workforce part of their salaries in April, according to the hours that each employee has worked. No job cuts have been announced for the time being. 

 

April 30, 2 p.m.: 528 new cases were reported in Singapore today, of which a majority are migrant workers and only six are Singaporeans or permanent residents. The total number of cases in the country has increased to 16,169. Eighteen people who tested positive for the virus have died in the country so far.   

 

April 30, 1 p.m.: Russia reports 7,099 new confirmed Covid-19 cases, taking the country’s toll past 100,000. This was the largest one-day spike in cases in Russia, and the total number of cases stands at 106,498. The virus has also claimed 1,073 lives in the country so far.  

 

April 30, 11 a.m.: Lufthansa group announced that it will be mandatory for passengers to wear a face mask on board any flight on its network, from May 4 to August 30. The requirement is applicable on all four of the Lufthansa group airlines, Lufthansa, Brussels Airlines, Austrian and SWISS.

 

April 30, 10 a.m.: Some of Beijing’s popular tourist spots like the Palace Museum, Forbidden City and other museums will be reopened on May 1. The emergency alert in Beijing has been lowered from the highest level and eased quarantine restrictions for domestic travelers from low-risk areas. 

 

April 30, 9 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s latest update, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 33,050, and the death toll stands at 1,074. 1,718 new cases and 67 deaths were reported over the past 24 hours.

 

April 30, 8 a.m.: The USA has recorded 2,502 Covid-19 deaths over the past 24 hours, taking its tally of deaths to 60,853. This is an increase in daily deaths from the past two days. 

 

April 29, 11 p.m.: Switzerland will further ease lockdown restrictions from May 11, allowing restaurants and culture institutions to reopen, under strict guidelines. However, Gatherings of more than five people will continue to be banned in the country for the time being, and large public events involving more than 1,000 people will likely be prohibited till August. 

 

April 29, 10 p.m.: India’s worst-hit state, Maharashtra has reported 597 new COvid-19 cases over the past 24 hours, as the state’s tally approaches 10,000. 9,915 infections and 432 deaths have been recorded in the state so far.

 

 April 29, 9 p.m.: Aviation giant Boeing has announced that in the light of massive losses incurred due to the coronavirus pandemic, it will be laying off 10% of its total staff, amounting to around 16,000 employees. Due to dwindling demand for air travel, production of passenger jets will also be scaled down. 

 

April 29, 8 p.m.: The Ministry of Home Affairs has said that stranded migrant workers, students, pilgrims and tourists will be allowed to move even during the lockdown, under certain conditions.

 

April 29, 6 p.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s latest update, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 31,787, and the death toll stands at 1,008. 1,813 new cases and 71 deaths were reported over the past 24 hours.

 

April 29, 5.45 p.m.: Germany has officially extended its travel warning advising against all non-essential international travel to June 14. The warning was previously issued for non-essential travel till May 3, but has now been extended in light of the severity of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

 

April 29, 5.30 p.m.: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has announced that the curfew will be extended for two more weeks after May 3 in the state. However, the curfew will be relaxed for four hours, from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. every day. The full list of other relaxations announced today can be found here.  

 

April 29, 4.30 p.m.: In Thai capital Bangkok, authorities plan to ease lockdown restrictions by reopening eight kinds of establishments, including restaurants, hairdressers and parks. However, the establishments and the citizens visiting them must follow certain guidelines that will be released by the end of the week.  

 

April 29, 3 p.m.: Spain reported 325 new Covid-19 deaths overnight, up from 301 deaths reported on Tuesday. The total number of deaths has increased to 24,275, and the number of infections stands at 21,917. 

 

April 29, 2 p.m.: Greek Tourism Minister Harry Theocharis has said that Greece will welcome tourists this summer, even though social distancing norms will have to be followed. He also suggested that tourists might have to fulfill certain requirements before visiting the nation, like completing a coronavirus test, reports CNN. 

 

April 29, 1 p.m.: Indian airline SpiceJet will not be paying its pilots their salaries for the months of April and May. Those pilots who have flown cargo flights over these two months will get paid according to the hours they have flown. IndiGo has announced that pilots will receive their salaries for the month of April. 

 

April 29, 12 p.m.: United Airlines, American Airlines will be distributing masks to passengers on their flights. Moreover, the airline crew is also required to wear face masks, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. 

 

April 29, 11 a.m.: According to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center, the number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in the USA has crossed one million. The tally stands at 1,012,583 and the death toll has risen to 58,355.  

 

April 29, 10 a.m.: After the Tour de France, another major cycling event, the Deutschland Tour has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 outbreak in Germany. One of Germany’s most important races, it was supposed to take place from August 20-23, along a course that starts in Stralsund and ends in Nuremberg. 

 

April 29, 9 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s latest update, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 31,332, and the death toll has risen to 1,007. 1,897 new cases and 73 deaths were reported over the past 24 hours.

 

April 29, 8 a.m.: Tripura becomes fifth northeastern state to be declared coronavirus-free, after both the patients who had tested positive in the state have been discharged after recovery.  No new cases have been reported in the state for the past fourteen days. Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Sikkim and Nagaland are the other states in the northeast to be declared coronavirus-free.

 

April 28, 11 p.m.: According to a proposed restructuring plan, British Airways could lay off up to 12,000 employees, announced the airline’s parent company IAG. The reason behind the restructuring is the massive losses that the company – and the global aviation sector – will bear in the months to come, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

April 28, 10 p.m.: Italy reported a daily increase of 2,091 new Covid-19 infections and 382 deaths as the total number of cases in the country crossed 2,00,000. The tally of infections increased to 201,505 and the death toll stands at 27,359. 

 

April 28, 9.30 p.m.: Russian President Vladimir Putin has extended the nationwide lockdown till May 11, warning that the country is yet to see the worst of the outbreak. There have been 93,558 confirmed infections in the country, making it one of the worst-hit in the world.   

 

April 28, 9 p.m.: The number of containment zones in Delhi has increased to 100, after another location, House no 152 to 162 in Block D of Shaheen Bagh has been cordoned off by authorities. The full list of containment zones can be found here.

 

April 28, 8 p.m.: Owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, all Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 football games in France have been suspended, at least till September. The 2019-2020 football season in France thus comes to an abrupt end. No professional matches have taken place in the country since March.

 

April 28, 6 p.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s latest update, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 29,974, and the death toll has risen to 937. 

 

April 28, 5 p.m.: The Delhi government has eased lockdown restrictions for veterinary services to resume and for self-employed professionals like plumbers and electricians to go back to work from today. However, these restrictions are not lifted for the 99 containment zones in the national capital. The complete list of services that will be allowed can be found here.

 

April 28, 4 p.m.: The Spanish government is considering easing lockdown restrictions in the country significantly, as new cases continue to fall every day. Spain reported 301 new Covid-19 infections today, down from Monday’s tally of 331. The total number of cases in the country is 210,773, while the death toll stands at 23,822.

 

April 28, 3 p.m.: 528 new confirmed Covid-19 cases were reported in Singapore over the past 24 hours, taking the total to 14,951. Most of the new cases are foreign workers living in dormitories, and only eight are Singaporeans and permanent residents. 

 

April 28, 2 p.m.: Austria will further ease lockdown restrictions starting May 1, allowing gatherings of up to ten people, and for more hairdressers and larger shops to reopen. Two weeks ago, the country eased restrictions by allowing some small businesses to resume operations. 

 

April 28, 1 p.m.: Scandinavian Airlines or SAS will likely lay off up to 5,000 of its employees, in the wake of the novel coronavirus outbreak that has severely impacted the aviation sector the world over.

 

April 28, 11 a.m.: Sydney’s iconic Bondi beach and the Bronte and Tamarama beaches have been reopened for swimmers and surfers between 7 a.m.and 5 p.m. on weekdays. The beaches will remain closed on weekends, and sunbathing, jogging and walking on the beach remains prohibited even when the beaches are open.

 

April 28, 10 a.m.: Germany reports 1,144 new Covid-19 cases and 163 deaths over the last 24 hours. The total number of cases in the country rose to 156,337 and the death toll to 5,913. 

 

April 28, 9 a.m..: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s latest update, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 29,435, and the death toll has risen to 934. 1,543 new infections were reported over the last 24 hours and the number of deaths rose by 62, the largest daily increase so far.

 

April 28, 8 a.m.: The USA reported 1,303 new coronavirus deaths over the last 24 hours, taking the tally of deaths to 56,144. The number of Covid-19 cases in the country stands at 987,022, and is fast approaching the 1 million mark. 

 

April 27, 11 p.m.: The number of containment zones in Delhi has increased to 99, after two more areas have been cordoned off by authorities. Pilanji Village is one addition, while several streets in New Delhi make up the second hotspot that is added on to the list. The full list of containment zones can be found here

 

April 27, 10 p.m.: The number of Covid-19 cases reported globally have passed the three million mark. The death toll from the pandemic is in excess of 205,000. 

 

April 27, 9 p.m.: The Assamese government has permitted inter-district travel within the state till May 2. Transport facilities within Assam have been made available since April 25, so that those stranded away from their homes can make the journey back home. 

 

April 27, 8 p.m.: The border between Haryana and Delhi is to be further tightened from tomorrow, and those passing between Delhi and Gurugram or Faridabad will need passes from the state government to do so. The Haryana government has taken this move as it believes coronavirus carriers from Delhi might enter the state and pose a health risk to its resident population. 

 

April 27, 6 p.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s latest update, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 28,380, and the death toll has risen to 886. 1,463 new infections and were reported over the last 24 hours.

 

April 27, 5 p.m.: The French Grand Prix which was supposed to take place on June 28, has been called off because of the Covid-19 pandemic. This is the tenth race of the season that has been postponed or cancelled because of the outbreak. Formula One officials are hopeful that the Austrian GP will be held as scheduled on July 5. The British GP, scheduled for July 19, will go ahead without spectators, if it does. 

 

April 27, 4 p.m.: The Indian Consulate has announced that Indian passport services have resumed at five centres in the UAE. They are the Al Khaleeh Centre and BLS Deira in Dubai, the Sharjah Main Centre, Fujairah ISC and the BLS Ras Al Khaimah. Currently, only the passports that have already expired or will expire by May 31 will be accepted for renewals at these centres. 

 

April 27, 3 p.m.: The number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in Russia has increased to 87,147, as 6,147 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours. Its tally has now surpassed that of China, where 83,912 cases have been reported . Russia’s Covid-19 death toll stands at 794. 

 

April 27, 2 p.m.: Singapore reports 799 new Covid-19 infections, taking the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 14,423. Most of the cases reported are migrant workers living in dormitories. A total of 16 people who tested positive for the coronavirus have died in the city-state.  

 

April 27, 1 p.m.: On 26th April, Italy reported 260 new coronavirus deaths, its lowest daily death toll since March 14. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has announced that lockdown restrictions will be eased from May 4 in the country, and citizens will be allowed to move around within their regions, but not between regions. Construction activities, manufacturing plants and parks will reopen, but schools will stay shut till at least September. Italy is among the worst-hit countries in the world, and its total death toll of 26,644 is the highest in Europe. 

 

April 27, 11 a.m.: New Zealand will ease the lockdown measures after 11:59 p.m. today. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that the country has been largely successful in fighting the coronavirus and that “widespread undetected community transmission” has been effectively stopped. In the first phase of easing restrictions, the country will move from a Level-4 lockdown to a Level-3 lockdown, and schools, shops and eateries will be allowed to open. New Zealand has reported 1,469 confirmed infections and 19 deaths so far, according to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center. 

 

April 27, 10 a.m.:  The Hindu Rao Hospital, which is Delhi’s biggest municipal-run health facility will partially reopen today, less than two days after a nurse tested positive for the novel coronavirus, prompting authorities to seal it off on Saturday night. The casualty and emergency wards, the flu clinic and the three gynecology, pediatrics and medicine OPDs will resume operations today, said a municipal authority.   

 

April 27, 9 a.m.:  According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s latest update, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 27,892, and the death toll has risen to 872. 1,396 new infections and 48 deaths were reported over the last 24 hours. 

 

April 27, 8 a.m.: The USA recorded 1,330 new coronavirus deaths over the past 24 hours on Sunday, a significant decline from Saturday’s tally of 2,494. The country has reported 54,841 Covid-19 fatalities, and a total of 964,937 infections so far. 

 

April 26, 11 p.m.: The number of containment zones in Delhi has been increased to 97, as two more areas were added on to the list. The new zones are the area between Kumhar Gali & Chaupal Chawk in Kotla Mubarakpur & Gali No. 3, 4, 5 in Majlis Park. The complete list can be found here

 

April 26, 10 p.m.: New York reported 367 deaths on Sunday, the lowest daily death toll since March 31. The total number of deaths recorded in the state is 16,966. 

 

April 26, 9 p.m.: Saudi Arabia has extended the suspension of domestic and international flights till further notice, owing to the Covid-19 outbreak in the country. Train, bus and taxi services are also suspended. 1,223 new confirmed infections were reported in the country over the last 24 hours. 

 

April 26, 8 p.m.: Maharashtra, the worst-hit state in India reported 440 new confirmed Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours, taking the toll to 8,068 in the state. The tally of deaths also increased by 19 and now stands at 342. 

 

April 26, 6 p.m.:  According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s latest update, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 26,917, and the death toll has risen to 826.

 

April 26, 5 p.m.: Babu Jagjivan Ram Memorial Hospital, Jahangirpuri, Delhi has been sealed off after the novel coronavirus infection was detected in 44 of its staff. This is the second hospital to be sealed off in the span of 24 hours, after the Hindu Rao Hospital tested positive for the novel coronavirus earlier.  

 

April 26, 4 p.m.: Chinese health official states that there are now zero Covid-19 patients hospitalized in Hubei province’s Wuhan city, which was the epicentre of the pandemic. There are currently only 12 active cases in the city, and the Hubei province has not reported a single new case for the past 20 days. 

 

April 26, 2 p.m.: Singapore reported 931 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday, up from 618 on Saturday. Only 15 of these are Singaporeans or permanent residents in Singapore, the majority being foreign workers. The total number of infections in the country rose to 13,624.

 

April 26, 1 p.m.: Down from 2,055 new cases on Saturday, Germany reports 1,737 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday, taking the total number of cases to 154,175. The death toll stands at 5,640, after 140 new deaths were recorded.

 

April 26, 11 a.m.: The USA’s Covid-19 death toll reaches 53,511, as 2,494 new fatalities were reported on Saturday. Saturday’s tally marks a major spike from Friday, when 1,258 deaths were reported, the lowest in nearly three weeks. The number of infections in the country also climbed to 936,293.  

 

April 26, 10 a.m.: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman signs an order to partially lift the curfew in the country, from April 26 to May 13. For this period, the curfew will start at 9 a.m. and end at 5 p.m., and some businesses will be allowed to resume operations. However, Mecca and other areas that were previously isolated remain under strict 24-hour curfew.  

 

April 26, 9 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s latest update, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 26,496, and the death toll has risen to 824. 1,990 new infections and 49 new deaths were reported over the past 24 hours.   

 

April 26, 8 a.m.: Private airlines IndiGo, GoAir, Vistara and SpiceJet have resumed online bookings for flights, a week after the Ministry of Civil Aviation asked airlines not to accept bookings before a decision is made on the subject by the Central government. While IndiGo and Vistara are accepting bookings for departures after June 1, SpiceJet and GoAir have opened bookings for flights starting May 16. 

 

April 26, 7 a.m.: The global Covid-19 death toll has crossed 200,000. The total number of infections is fast approaching 2.9 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center.   

 

April 25, 11 p.m.: Maharashtra, the state worst-hit by the Covid-19 outbreak in India reported the highest daily increase in the number of confirmed cases, as 811 new infections were detected, taking the total to 7,628. The death toll also rose by 22, and now stands at 323.

 

April 25, 10 p.m.: New York reports 437 new Covid-19 deaths on Saturday, up from 422 on Friday. However, the total number of new hospitalizations continued to fall.

 

April 25, 9 p.m.: With 813 new deaths reported today, the UK’s coronavirus death toll has surpassed 20,000, and now stands at 20,319. The UK thus becomes the fifth country to record more than 20,000 deaths, after the USA, Spain, Italy and France.

 

April 25, 8 p.m.: The number of Covid-19 containment zones in Delhi has been increased to 95, as three new areas have been added on to the list. They are Gali number 3 and 9 of Shalimar Village, and Block X, Gali number 1-3 of Yadav Villa. The complete list of containment zones can be found here.

 

April 25, 7 p.m.: Italian health official Domenico Arcuri announces that the country will begin to ease the lockdown on May 4, and that free masks will be distributed to the nursing homes, which have recorded many fatalities from the Covid-19 outbreak in the country. One of the worst-hit countries in Europe, around 26,000 people have died in Italy from the novel coronavirus.

 

April 25, 6 p.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s latest update, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 24,942, and the death toll has risen to 779.  

 

April 25, 5 p.m.: The International Triathlon Union announced that the 2020 World Triathlon Grand Final that was to be held in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada has been cancelled due the Covid-19 pandemic. The event was supposed to be held from August 17-23. 

 

April 25, 4 p.m.: UAE-based airline Etihad Airways has announced that regular passenger flights will likely resume on its network on May 16. Previously, the airline was supposed to resume operations on May 1, but has extended the cancellation of its flights by fifteen more days. Tickets for travel starting May 16 can be booked online through the airline’s website.  

 

April 25, 3 p.m.: The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Tokyo grew to 3,836, as 103 new cases were reported,the lowest daily increase since April 20. The capital is one of the worst-hit regions in Japan,which has recorded more than 13,000 infections and 345 deaths so far. 

 

April 25, 1 p.m.: In the USA, the states of Georgia, Oklahoma and Alaska have started easing lockdown measures. The USA has been the worst-hit by the Covid-19 outbreak, and has reported more than 50,000 deaths so far, accounting for around a quarter of the global death toll. 

 

April 25, 11 a.m.: For the eighth consecutive day, South Korea has reported less than 20 new Covid-19 cases. While the tally of infections grew by 10, taking the total to 10,718, no deaths were reported, and the death toll stands at 240. 

 

April 25, 9 a.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s latest update, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India is 24,506, and the death toll has risen to 775. 

 

April 25, 8 a.m.: China reports 12 new confirmed Covid-19 cases on April 24, out of which 11 are imported cases. Moreover, no new deaths were recorded over the past 24 hours, though 29 new asymptomatic cases were detected. Friday’s tally takes the total number of infections to 82,816, and the death toll remains at 4.632.

 

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